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Dance Europe has just posted the following information:

 

Scottish Ballet has announced promotions as follows:

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Constance Devernay to principal dancers;

Marge Hendrick, Araminta Wraith, Jamiel Laurence and Nicholas Shoesmith to soloists; and

Claire Souet, Madeline Squire, Thomas Edwards, Evan Loudon and Rimbaud Patron to first artists.

 

Joining the company are: Luke Schaufuss as a soloist; Mia Thompson and Roseanna Leney as artists; and Grace Paulley, who joined the company in February, will remain on a permanent basis.

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And the official Press Release:

 

 

 

SCOTTISH BALLET ANNOUNCES DANCER PROMOTIONS AND NEW APPOINTMENTS

 

Scottish Ballet is pleased to announce a series of dancer promotions and new appointments, made by Scottish Ballet CEO / Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.

 

PROMOTIONS

 

Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Constance Devernay have been promoted to Principal dancers. Bethany first joined Scottish Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2013. Constance has been with Scottish Ballet since autumn 2008 as a guest artist, before joining the Company permanently in June 2009. She was promoted to Soloist in 2014.

 

Marge Hendrick, Araminta Wraith, Jamiel Laurence and Nicholas Shoesmith have been promoted to Soloists.

 

Claire Souet, Madeline Squire, Thomas Edwards, Evan Loudon and Rimbaud Patron have been promoted to First Artists.

 

Scottish Ballet CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson:

“Bethany and Constance have wowed critics and audiences alike with their performances over the past few years and I am thrilled to mark the development of their careers by appointing them Principal dancers with Scottish Ballet. Likewise, I am thrilled with all the promotions given this season. The dancers have earned these promotions through their consistent hard work and dedication.”

 

 

NEW APPOINTMENTS

 

Luke Schaufuss will be joining Scottish Ballet as a Soloist. Part of the Schaufuss ballet dynasty, Luke currently dances with Birmingham Royal Ballet and will join Scottish Ballet on 4 July.

 

Mia Thompson and Roseanna Leney will join Scottish Ballet as Artists after the summer break. Grace Paulley, who joined the Company in February, will remain with Scottish Ballet on a permanent basis.

 

NEW SPONSORSHIP

 

Scottish Ballet is delighted to announce that Bailie Gifford is strengthening their partnership with the Company by sponsoring First Artist Madeline Squire in addition to their current sponsorship of First Artist Thomas Edwards.

 

 

EDITORS’ NOTES:

 

Bethany Kingsley-Garner biography

Born in England, Bethany trained as a Bristol Junior Associate with the Royal Ballet School, before moving onto both the Lower and Upper Royal Ballet Schools. During this time, she danced in The Royal Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as winning the April Oldrich Award for Most Dynamic Performer in 1994 and receiving First Commendation and Young British Dancer of the Year in 2006. Graduating with honours in 2007, Bethany received the Wyre Drawer company leavers’ prize. Bethany joined Scottish Ballet in 2007 and has danced in Page’s The Nutcracker (Bad Snowflake), The Sleeping Beauty (Pina, Fairy of Song/Lady Bluebird, Cinderella), Cinderella (Summer), Pennies From Heaven, Fearful Symmetries, Cheating, Lying, Stealing and Alice(Tweedledee, Bread and Butterfly), Ashton's Scènes de Ballet, Balanchine's Rubies, Forsythe's Workwithinwork, Spink's Petrushka, Brown’s For M.G.: The Movie, Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet and In Light and Shadow, Dean’s Träume, Alston's Carmen (Frasquita), Liburd's From Where, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa'sA Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire, Peter Darrell’s Five Ruckert Songs, Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible (Abigail) and Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.Bethany performed the role of Cinderella in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella and most recently performed the role of Odette/Odile in David Dawson’s Swan Lake.

 

Bethany Kingsley-Garner is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph

 

Constance Devernay biography

Constance trained at the English National Ballet School. She appeared in the end of year performances in Lichine’s bal des cadets and Eagling’s Troppo Allegro and also in the annual show at Rosella Hightower School. Here she appeared in the schools productions of Giselle and Don Quixote. 

 

Constance joined Scottish Ballet as a guest artist in Autumn 2008, and joined the Company permanently in June 2009. She has danced in Page's Pennies From Heaven, Cinderella (Spring), The Nutcracker (Bad Snowflake), The Sleeping Beauty (Pina, Red Riding Hood), Fearful Symmetries and Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Forsythe's Workwithinwork, Balanchine's Rubies, Pastor's In Light and Shadow, Ashton's Scènes de Ballet,  Alston's Carmen, MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, James Cousins’ Still It Remains, Christopher Bruce’s Shift and Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette and The Rite of Spring, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible, Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems and Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker. Constance performed the role of Cinderella in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella and most recently performed the role of Odette/Odile in David Dawson’s Swan Lake.

 

Araminta Wraith biography

Araminta Wraith trained at Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School, joining English National Ballet professionally in 2007. Araminta joined Scottish Ballet as a Coryphée in 2014 and has since performed in Helen Pickett’s The Crucible and Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker. Araminta performed the role of Blanche DuBois in Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire and performed the role of the Fairy Godmother in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.

 

Marge Hendrick biography

Marge joined Scottish Ballet in 2012. Born in France, Marge trained at the Conservatory National Supérieur of Paris and Junior Ballet classique CNSMDP and with Royal Ballet. Marge danced solos in La Cigarette and Paquita with the Conservatory in Paris. Since joining Scottish Ballet, Marge has performed in Ashley Page’s The Nutcracker, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring, Helen Pickett’s Trace, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible, Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems, Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker and David Dawson’s Swan Lake. Marge performed the role of the Fairy Godmother in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.

 

Jamiel Laurence biography

Born in London, Jamiel was trained from birth by his mother Janet Viola in many forms of dance and music including tap, ballet and jazz and contemporary, and went on to full time training in 2001 at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, as well as receiving two years of musical training in 2006/07 at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, with the Junior Conservatoire as a woodwind specialist.

 

Jamiel went on to focus on Classical Ballet in the Christmas of 2007 at The Central School of Ballet in London where he received a strong training from a varied range of outstanding teachers, of both Classical and Contemporary dance forms.  He toured with the schools graduate company Ballet Central in 2007/08 as a Foundation student, and in 2008/09 as a Degree Student where he was given great opportunities to dance roles in new works as well as in established repertoire from great choreographers including; Christopher Gable’s Five Lullabies, Richard Alston’s Brisk Singing, Matthew Hart’s Whodunit?, Matthew Bourne’s Cygnets and David Bintley Flowers of the Forest

 

Jamiel joined Scottish Ballet for the Company’s Winter Season after graduating from Central with a BA hons Degree in July 2009, and joined the Company permanently in August 2010. He has danced in Page's The Nutcracker (Soldiers, Chinese Divert), Pennies from Heaven, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty (Elfin Prince, Romanian Prince), and Alice (Humpty Dumpty), Val Caniparoli's Still Life, Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Kenneth MacMillan’s Sea of Troubles, Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette, Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds, Christopher Hampson’s The Rite of Spring and Hansel & Gretel (Hansel), Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible, Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems and Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker and Bryan Arias’ Motion of Displacement. Jamiel performed the role of the Grasshopper in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.

 

Nicholas Shoesmith biography

Born in Cirencester, Nicholas trained at the Australian Ballet School. Nicholas' favourite roles to date include Sancho Panza in Don Quixote (Australian Ballet) and Puss in Boots in The Sleeping Beauty (Stanton Welsh). Nicholas joined Scottish Ballet in 2012. Since joining Scottish Ballet, Nicholas has performed in Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, Kristen McNally’s Foibles, Christopher Hampson’s Silhouette, Peter Darrell’s Five Rückert Songs and Cheri, Sophie Laplane’s Oxymore, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible and Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker.

 

Evan Loudon biography

From Sydney Australia, Evan received his early classical training under Tanya Pearson at her Classical Training Academy in Sydney. He entered the MacDonalds Ballet Scholarship at the Sydney Opera House and won the Boys Scholarship as well as competing and progressing to the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York where he received a three year (2010-2013) scholarship to the Royal Ballet Upper School in London from which he graduated in July 2013. In his graduate year, Evan represented the school dancing Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody pas de deux for the Paris Opera Ballet Tricentenary Gala at the Palais Garnier, as well as the Vaganova Academy 275 Year Anniversary Gala in St Petersburg. Evan joined Scottish Ballet in August 2013.

 

Since joining Scottish Ballet, Evan has performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible, Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker (Prince), Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella and David Dawson’s Swan Lake.

 

Thomas Edwards biography

Born in Worcester, Thomas trained at Harlequin Stage School and as a Junior and Mid Associate with Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he performed in Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker (2004), before completing the associate programme in London as a Senior Associate with the Royal Ballet. Thomas continued his professional training at Central School of Ballet, graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Degree. 

 

During his training, he was the recipient of the Central Friends Trust Award (2010), and was a finalist in both The Young British Dancer of the Year (2012) and The Prix De Lausanne (2013). Thomas performed at the 2012 Olympics with Central’s graduate company ‘Ballet Central’ as a Foundation student at the O2 Arena, ExCel Centre and the Olympic Park, and was selected to perform a solo at Wembley Arena. During his final year Thomas toured the UK and Europe with Ballet Central as a Degree student, creating roles in works by Kenneth Tindall and Resmi Malko, as well as performing in established repertoire such as the Florestan pas de trois from The Sleeping Beauty and Mapping #3 by Darshan Singh Bhuller. Prior to graduation Thomas worked with Kim Brandstrup in Britten’s Death In Venice with English National Opera, performing in London and Amsterdam. 

 

Thomas joined Scottish Ballet in August 2013 and has performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson’s Hansel & Gretel, Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems, Helen Pickett’s The Crucible, Peter Darrell’s The Nutcracker and David Dawson’s Swan Lake. He performed the role of the Grasshopper in Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella.

Thomas Edwards is sponsored by Bailie Gifford.

 

Rimbaud Patron biography

Rimbaud Patron was born in Grenoble, France and trained at National Conservatory of Paris, Paris Opera Ballet School, Boulonge Conservatory Paris and English National Ballet School. With English National Ballet, he performed in The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Napoli, Solitaire and Coppelia as well as Christopher Hampson’s Strauss Gala in 2010. Patron joined Scottish Ballet in 2012 and has performed in Martin Lawrance's Run For It, Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling, Christopher Hampson's Silhouette, Twyla Tharp's The One Hundreds, Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations, Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel, Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet, Helen Pickett's The Crucible, Peter Darrell's The Nutcracker, Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Christopher Hampson's Cinderella and David Dawson's Swan Lake.

 

Claire Souet biography

Claire Souet was born in Bordeaux, Fance and trained at English National Ballet School. Claire joined Scottish Ballet in 2013 and has since performed in Christopher Hampson's Silhouette, Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopatios, Christopher Hampson's Hansel & Gretel, Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet, Peter Darrell's The Nutcracker, Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire, Sophie Laplane's Maze, Christopher Hampson's Cinderella and David Dawson's Swan Lake. 

 

Madeline Squire biography

Madeline Squire was born in London, England and trained at English National Ballet School. Madeline joined Scottish Ballet in 2014 and has since performed in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Pickett’s The Crucible and Darrell’s The Nutcracker. Madeline also performed in Sophie Laplane’s Maze, Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella and David Dawson’s Swan Lake. Madeline also featured in the short dance film Maze, choreographed by Sophie Laplane and directed by Eve McConnachie, which was screened at the 2016 Glasgow Short Film Festival and premiered on Nowness.

 

Madeline Squire is sponsored by Bailie Gifford.

 

Luke Schaufuss biography

Born in Camberley, Surrey, Luke Schaufuss trained at the Royal Danish Ballet and is the third generation of the well-known Schaufuss dance dynasty. Luke has performed around the world with the Royal Danish Ballet including at the Paris Opéra, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the New York State Theater. He was selected as the Rising Star of Dance by the Guardian and Observer in 2015. In his spare time he is a model for Established Models London. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in November 2013. He has performed in Frederick Ashton’s Les RendezvousFaçadeDante SonataLa Fille mal gardée, George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Theme and Variations, David Bintley’s The Prince of the Pagodas, Beauty and the Beast, Sylvia, The King Dances, John Cranko’s Card Game, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Alexander Whitley’s Kin. Luke has also performed in Peter Wright's production of The Nutcracker and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake.

 

Luke previously won the C.F.B Jacobsen Award, Copenhagen in 2010 and the Award for Exceptional Student the Royal Ballet Summer School in 2011. Luke has made guest appearances in the following works: Romeo in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo & Juliet UK tour, 2013, James in La Sylphide at the sixth Bournonville Festival, Biarritz, France, 2014, Blue Bird in the world premiere of Los Angeles Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty, 2015, James in La Sylphide Queensland Ballet, Brisbane, Australia, 2015, James in La Sylphide London Coliseum, 2015. Luke also appeared on the BBC’s Darcey’s Ballet Heroes in 2015.

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